I have been at it a long time now with various acts and the last Rats album was in fact the 13th I've released. I had the idea for Rats for a long time before I finally got the wheels in motion and formed the band.
We all love classic hard rock, but every member in the band has a personal taste, Jack is the more “metal-ish” dude he loves Metallica, Mattia came from big guitar guys like Van Halen and George Lynch of Dokken so very much 80's oriented. Ele is a HUGE fan of bands like Halestorm and The Pretty Reckless but she loves Iron Maiden too and I personally grew up with Motley Crue and Ozzy, so I think we're a weird blend between classic heavy bands and modern rock.
Am I playing GTA5? No, I’m listening to the new Twistettes album… Okay, I’m listening to it on repeat while I play GTA, but what better soundtrack to all this destruction and carnage than the gear-grinding, metal-splitting, chord-churning cacophony of the sisters from the Kingdom of Fife (although Glasgow has gladly adopted them too).
“I drink wine. I planned to only have one glass before our first gig but during our soundcheck, my heart started beating furiously so I had at least one more… Although, performing is honestly the best thing that I have ever done, and it is more of an adrenalin rush than nerves. After a couple of times playing live, I felt like I got used to it and I don’t need to rely on wine to drown the butterflies anymore”.
“Honestly? I've no idea! I don't see myself as a "promoter", so maybe that's it... to me, a promoter has resources and let's those do the work for them, whereas, I pretty do everything from creating the events to flyering outside venues. With charity gigs, I do it so that everything made goes to the charity, not just the 'profits', since those can often be less than the event cost in the first place.
DR - Definitely looking forward to getting our hands on the NHC Records compilation vinyl – some great bands on there with us. We’ve got a few gigs planned over the summer. And we’re doing a Night of the Dead gig in Ayr on Halloween weekend – that’s now an annual tradition with it being the third year we’ve done it in the same venue. Beyond that, we’re still writing and plan to get back into the studio to do some more recordings later in the year.
Paul: “If I didn’t have music in my life, I seriously don’t know what I would be doing, it’s the only thing I know how to do.”
Alex: “Believe it or not, if I didn’t have music in my life I would be practicing medicine”.
Lewis: “I think music has done so much for me that I'm really not sure but I guess I would be still be doing Chemistry”.